Fiji Multi-Country Office
There is a growing recognition and understanding within the Pacific that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. To this end, some progress towards gender equality has been made at regional, national and community levels.
For example, some Pacific Island countries and territories have passed domestic violence legislation, have supported the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health rights at international meetings and have included gender equality in development forum discussions.
The region still has a long way to go. The Pacific has some of the world’s highest rates of gender-based and sexual violence, as well as the lowest numbers of women in parliament.
Women in the region often face cultural, economic and systemic barriers to participating fully in their communities. These can include little or no access to decent work, leadership opportunities, legal representation, basic education and healthcare, as well as the direct physical and emotional effects of violence.
However, women also offer unique skills and knowledge that could play a huge part in ensuring the overall health and prosperity of their families, communities and nations.
UN Women’s Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) works with governments and civil society organisations across 14 Pacific Island countries and territories to address this imbalance, empower women and build more inclusive societies.
To do this, the MCO works through four key programmes:
- Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)
- Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG)
- Advancing Gender Justice in the Pacific (AGJP)
- Increasing Community Resilience through Empowerment of Women to Address Climate Change and Natural Hazards (IREACH)
News and Updates
For the past 35 years Shobhna Verma has made her living selling produce at Suva Market in Fiji’s capital. While her three children are now grown and having their own families, she continues to take on new responsibilities, the latest of which is as a Justice of the Peace. Shobhna is the Legal Adviser with the Suva Market Vendor Association and has attended a series of trainings on financial literacy... More
On 19 August, World Humanitarian Day, UN Women joins other humanitarian actors in recognising the essential work of humanitarians in conflict zones and disasters. For UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office, working in the Pacific region means preparing for and responding to increasingly severe tropical cyclones – as seen with devastating Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston that hit Fiji in February 2016, affecting nearly 40 per cent of Fiji’s... More
Women from Silae Vanua and Marobe Tanvasoko Market Vendor Associations (MVA) welcomed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone, as she unveiled new office equipment for the Silae Vanua MVA. The Silae Vanua MVA’s new office equipment is funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program in Vanuatu... More
“Women and girls with disabilities do not report cases of violence, abuse and exploitations due to barriers and challenges they face as a woman and as a person with a disability”, said Mr Setareki Macanawai, the CEO for Pacific Disability Forum (PDF). Mr Macanawai made this comment at the first ever regional dialogue on Ending Violence against women and girls with disabilities (EVAW) in the Pacific. PDF in partnership with the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office... More
Lessons learnt from a unique Toolkit on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Fiji are driving ideas to develop similar approaches in other Pacific countries. “When we started using our Fiji toolkit back in 2015 we didn’t realise how much it would really help our women and girls,” said Litia Naitanui, Rewa Branch President, Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO), who is a participant at this week’s Pacific Disability... More
“At times, we think only men can participate in decisions that we make for our wards, council and for the city but women also play a very important role in our society and we must also include them in whatever decisions we do,” said Charles Aiwosuga, a participant at the Gender 101 training and also Honiara’s Deputy Mayor. “For me, as a leader, this session had given some new ideas and knowledge to be humble and carry our work by putting on the gender lenses,” he added... More
For the first time two Solomon Islands markets, Auki and Honiara Central Markets have plans ready to ensure safety at a time of disaster thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners engaged in the UN Women Markets for Change project. Over the past two weeks, UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project has partnered with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and provincial counterparts based at Honiara City... More
Regional training is assisting participants to better understand the impact of spending on women and men market vendors then plan gender responsive budgets. Today completes the week-long Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) training, which is part of UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project primarily funded by the Australian Government. Participants from local and national government, provincial and municipal council officials from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are keen to use... More
“Dealing with youths, especially students, is very difficult, because when you talk about the issues of violence, domestic violence and sexual abuse, it’s funny to them. They giggle and laugh. But when the drama group actually dramatizes the scene, the mood. Hendrick Barai of Family Support Centre, with UN Women’s toolkit on designing projects... More
Special Issue - Tropical Cyclone Winston | May 2016. In this issue: (*) Collecting the stories of Winston (*) Addressing the needs of women and girls (*) Getting the response right for women (*) Shaping the recovery process (*) Assessment crucial to ongoing activities (*) Preventing and responding to violence... More